Stone's Grand Slam And Two Home Runs Leads Sycamores To Doubleheader Split
March 16, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
ISU SPORTS RELEASE
EVANSVILLE, Ind.—After dropping a heartbreaker in extra innings to open Missouri Valley Conference play, the Indiana State softball team battled back with a dominating 11-5 victory in game two to come up with a doubleheader split on the road against the Purple Aces of Evansville.
"We bounced back nice in the second game," head coach Shane Bouman said. "Taylor Lockwood threw a good game for the most part and Megan Stone had a couple home runs. We got a split today, a chance to get one tomorrow and win a series."
The Purple Aces got on the board early in the first game of the day, scoring four runs off three hits to take a 4-0 lead over the Sycamores in the bottom of the first inning.
The Sycamores began clawing their way back into the game in the top of the second inning as freshman Brooke Riemenschneider hit her second career home run over the left field wall to cut the Evansville lead to 4-1.
Evansville answered in the bottom of the third and fourth inning, scoring one run in each frame to extend their lead to 4-2.
Stone brought the Sycamores back into the game in the top of the 5th inning as she crushed a ball over the left field wall for her first career grand slam to tie the game at 6-6.
In the top of the seventh, the Sycamores loaded the bases with no outs but the Purple Aces got out of it before scoring the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.
Stone finished the game 1-2 with a grand slam and five RBI’s while Riemenschneider was 2-4 with a home run and an RBI.
The Sycamores responded in the second game of the day, jumping out to an early lead and never looked back as they defeated the Aces 11-5 to earn the doubleheader split.
The Sycamores got on the board in the top of the second inning, scoring four runs off four hits to take a 4-0 lead.
Evansville added a run of their own in the bottom of the second before the Sycamores batted around for the second consecutive inning in the top of the third, scoring three runs to take a 7-1 advantage.
The Sycamores added to their lead in the fifth inning, thanks to Megan Stone’s second home run of the day, this time a three-run home run over the left field wall to make it 10-1.
With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, the Aces hit a three run home run before adding a fourth to keep the game going.
The Sycamores added one more in the top of the seventh off an RBI single by sophomore Abbie Malchow to give the Sycamores an 11-5 lead, one the wouldn’t give up as they went on to split the doubleheader 11-5.
Stone was 2-4 with a home run, three RBI’s and two runs scored while sophomore Kelsey Montgomery was 2-4 with two RBI’s and two runs scored.
On the day, Stone finished with eight RBI’s and the Sycamores as a team stole 12 bases to increase their season total to 60 in 23 games.
The finale of the three-game series will take place Sunday at 1 p.m. EST in Evansville, Ind.